Curator and Judges

2021 Curator

Ron Nyisztor has been exhibiting since 1989 locally, interstate and overseas. His paintings are held in numerous private and corporate collections and have also been awarded best in show and highly commended. Nyisztor Studio ARI has been directed by Ron since 2006 and is committed to a program to showcase West Australian artists, metropolitan and regional, seeking to developing a wider audience and appreciation for the visual arts.

2021 Judges

Dr Bruce Slatter is Discipline Lead of Art in the School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry at Curtin University. He has a Bachelor of Arts
with first class Honours and Masters from Curtin University and a PhD in Art from RMIT. Bruce is a previous winner of the Bankwest Art Prize
(sculpture), Sculpture by the Sea (Cottesloe) and the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize. He has work in several public collections, including the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Artbank, Bankwest, Woollahra City Council, RMIT University and Curtin University.

Lee Kinsella is a writer and visual arts curator. Raised in the Wheatbelt town of Gillingarra in Western Australia, she is currently curator of the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art at The University of Western Australia. She has curated and managed exhibitions at Australian state and national public institutions, including the Art Gallery of Western Australia, The Australian War Memorial and The National Film and Sound Archive (formerly ScreenSound Australia). She has written catalogue essays, articles and contributed to several books on Australia art. In 2016, she has curated a survey exhibition of the work of contemporary Western Australian artist, Miriam Stannage. The exhibition was launched at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery in conjunction with a monograph on the artist edited by Kinsella.

Lee was selected to participate in a curatorial exchange to Taipei in 2017, hosted by the Taipei National University of the Arts. She travelled to institutions across Taiwan and met gallery directors, curators, and artists, including curator Abby Chen. She is currently working on projects
that encourage public engagement with the artists and collection works held by the University of Western Australia. Her current exhibition
Paper Cut showcases works on paper in dialogue with community groups who occupy a residency space within the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery. A related program is a symposium co-presented by UWA and the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, entitled Stories and Solidarity in which Australian and International artists discuss the power of storytelling.

Ron Bradfield Jnr is a saltwater man from Bardi Country, north of Broome but grew up in Geraldton, Western Australia. He now calls Whadjuk Boodjar (Perth) his home. 

As the Chief Yarning Officer of Yarns R Us, Ron facilitates cultural conversations across all levels of our communities, helping Australians to revisit their own personal stories and then, challenging them to reassess the ways in which they are connected, to the place they call home.

Ron is also a storyteller and maker; he has worked in and around the arts across remote, regional and metropolitan Western Australia for 15 years, often supporting the development of artists as they explore the ways in which they can grow and share their creative practices here in Western Australia.

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